In 1997, Jockey® and a group of AAFA (American Apparel & Footwear Association, originally American Apparel Manufacturers Association) members developed an extraordinary program, WRAP (originally Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production, now Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production). The WRAP Principles address social and environmental compliance issues in factories around the world. WRAP was officially launched in October 1999 and by 2001, all Jockey® owned facilities were WRAP certified. For more information on the WRAP program, please visit www.wrapapparel.org/.
Jockey® products are manufactured in Jockey-owned factories and also in contractors' and licensees' factories, which are spread across the globe.
We are aware of countries that do not protect worker's human rights, and we do not source products from these countries. In countries where there are problems but where the government invests in the improvement of the conditions and enforces human rights laws, we work with the factories to improve conditions.
Global manufacturing has led to sourcing of production beyond Jockey-owned facilities. We have established procedures to monitor contractors and licensees who produce products for Jockey. Different countries have different laws and regulations. Jockey® chooses to monitor its factories to ensure they comply with local laws and with Jockey's higher standards.
Monitoring consists of several phases. The first phase is an evaluation of the factory by a Jockey® employee. If the results are satisfactory, the next phase is an inspection by an independent monitoring company. The inspection covers the Jockey® Code of Conduct, and a report is written and forwarded to Jockey.
The monitor inspection results are evaluated by Jockey. Where improvements are needed, the results are presented to the factory. Depending on the type of correction, the factory is given from 1 to 60 days to correct the issue.
Our philosophy is to establish long-term relationships with our contractors. Therefore, we do all we can to assist factories in improving their conditions. A healthy work environment is beneficial for the factory, its workers and Jockey.
Jockey® requires a minimum age of 15 or the minimum required by local law, whichever is higher. Child labor is not accepted, and any factory we contract with is required to fulfill our minimum age for employment.
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